The Husker Rocketry Project 100k plans to launch middle and high school payloads to an altitude of 100,000 feet with the University of Nebraska at Omaha's project HALON. The undergraduate-led team supports sourcing of any research payloads from the private or public sector. The goal of the team is to launch their full scale rocket by the Spring of 2020, making this a 2 year project.

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constructing prototypes

Above is a scale model of the motor casing to hold the solid portion of the hybrid motor.


Team Progress



  1. Feasibility

    1. Designing small scale hybrid motors for testing

      1. SolidWorks model is finished and will be manufactured soon

      2. Materials for making solid fuel is being purchased

  2. Lab space

    1. Searching for a safe lab space for motor testing

  3. Building Materials

    1. Researching and finding all the materials needed for motor testing

      1. Funding has been acquired and purchase list is being finalized

  1. Payload Bay

    1. Deciding what the rocket will carry (CubeSats, RockSat payloads, etc.)

  2. Base Altitude

    1. Goal is halfway to space or 164,043 ft. (50 km)

  3. Overall design

    1. Airframe composition, fin attachment, etc. is being discussed

  4. Propellant Mount

    1. Designing mount for test hybrid motor combustion chamber


  1. Main focus is controls and testing systems for motor

    1. Measuring thrust of motor system

    2. Components for measuring temperature and pressure

    3. Recovery system

    4. Payload placement

    5. Avionics system


  1. In contact with technical advisor, Tom Kernes, about launch location

  2. Working on finding lab space for project



Below are the 4 main team groups and their descriptions.


  • Lead (1)

    • Responsible for integration of electrical components into the rocket. Must communicate and plan with structural team lead.

  • Flight Computer (1-2)

    • Write code and build avionics package for the recording and of in-flight parameters such as velocity, altitude, acceleration, and rocket orientation.

  • Recovery Electronics (1)

    • Responsible for the design and testing of recovery electronics system. Must communicate and plan with recovery systems team.

  • Payload Integration (1)

    • Integrate sourced payloads into the rocket. Must communicate with outreach coordinator and any student groups wanting payload space. May be willing to help students with payload design.

  • Telemetry and Video (1)

    • Implement telemetry and video systems in the rocket.


  • Team President (1)

    • Organize overall efforts of the team. Must communicate regularly with team leads. Responsible for any team logistics, including altitude waiver applications and travel planning. Active communication with UNL faculty involved in the project.

  • Vice President (1)

    • Act as liaison between admin team and team leads

    • In charge of sourcing funding from businesses, eSAB, and NASA Nebraska Space Grant

    • Keep meeting minutes and keep track of important documents

  • Outreach (1)

    • Serve as point of contact for any initial payload integrations from students.

    • Train and integrate competition team members

    • In charge of recruitment

  • Treasurer (1)

    • Keep the books of the team’s funds. Prepare budget alongside team leads. Act as the team’s purchaser.

  • Safety Officer (1)

    • In charge of team safety. Is the only person allowed to ignite propellant mixtures. Must work with UNL EHS to safely store hazardous reagents. Institute safety procedures for the team.


  • Lead (1)

    • Responsible for the development of the payload. Must have active communication with the structural team lead.

  • Propellant Simulations/Modeling (2)

    • Responsible for design and modeling of the propellant. Must seek information on propellant design and run simulations of proposed designs. Work with motor casing design team.

  • Propellant Fabrication/Testing (4-5)

    • Construct and test the propellant. Help as needed in design of propellant.


  • Structural Team Lead (1)

    • Organize structural team efforts. Communicate regularly with electrical and propellant team leads.

  • Rocket Simulations and Modeling (1-2)

    • Design the structure of the rocket. Use CFD software to model the flight.

  • Motor Casing Design (1-2)

    • Design the motor casing. Work closely with propellant team.

  • Recovery Systems (1-2)

    • Design recovery systems, such as parachute and ejection systems.

  • Structural Fabrication (4-5)

    • Build the motor case and rocket structure. Help as needed for design of the rocket.

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If you are interested in joining this new project or have any questions, contact the Aerospace Club by clicking the button above!